Bayern Munich have agreed to sell one of their longest serving players when the transfer window opens in the upcoming weeks.
Jerome Boateng became a part of the Bayern Munich set-up back in 2011 and he quickly established himself as one of the key figures at the heart of their defence. His consistent performances earned him widespread recognition and made him one of the world’s best defenders.
According to Kicker, the Bavarians have decided that they will not be renewing the contract of the 31-year-old which expires at the end of the next season. Simply put, they are ready to sell him this time out because logically speaking, they wouldn’t want to let him walk for free in 2021.
Boateng is a quality player but his age is the main factor to be considered over here. He is 31 now and probably has only 2-3 years of quality and consistent football left in him. There are several teams that would benefit from signing him. He is a player full of experience and a part of the famous ‘German Wall’ of defence that won them the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Barcelona could consider bringing in the German to fix their defensive issues. It will not a permanent solution to their problems but a much-required boost. Their backline has been all over the place this season and because of no stability at the back of the field, they are on course for a trophy-less season.
Boateng could replace Gerard Pique, who has been fatigued in the latter parts, or act as cover for Samuel Umtiti, whose injuries issues seem to have no respite. With the current financial situation that the Blaugrana are in, a big transfer swoop is next to unthinkable and Boateng presents them with a cheap and reliable option.
Chelsea and Manchester United have holes in their defence to fix, as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing to bring in a centre-back to partner with Harry Maguire and Frank Lampard wants some competition as well as a quality defender in his team. Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger need someone to push them till the limit.
The same could be said for Manchester City. Boateng could prove to be a good competition for the likes of John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte. As such, the Citizens may arguably benefit most from the World Cup winner’s services given he has already played and been a success under Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena not too long ago.
The list just goes on; of teams wanting a defensive fix. However, the above-mentioned teams should not let this opportunity slip up. Barcelona especially should go for the 31-year-old to add some depth and stability to their squad.